On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life.
At the same hospital, Professor Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.
Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience, but the memories that flash through Jerrison’s mind are not his own.
It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Professor Singh’s equipment, allowed a random group of people to access one another’s minds.
And now one of those people can retrieve President Jerrison’s memories – including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one – particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie...
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Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.From Publishers Weekly:
Darker in tone than her recent The Sugar Mother , Jolley's new novel establishes a somber, brooding atmos phere in the first of 10 interlocking segments, then flashes back to the circumstances that led to Vera Wright's current plight and bleak future. Brought up in a lower-class neighborhood in an English mining town by parents who scrimp to send her to boarding school and nursing college, Vera is self-conscious about her clothes, accent and lack of breeding. She feels closed out of the charmed circled of privileged girls, a prey to "unutterable loneliness," but she feeds her soul with music and literature and with the memory of her father's admonishment to remember that the moon she sees in the sky is shining on him too. Vera finds some fulfillment in a lesbian relationship with another nurse trainee, and yearns for the love of an older staff nurse who has been kind to her. But when she thinks she has been befriended by a staff doctor and his wife, brought into "respectable" society at last, she is instead heartlessly exploited, seduced and betrayed. With her baby daughter, she faces a life of "sorrow and futility." Vera's self-absorbed account is related against the background of WW II and the London Blitz, encapsulated in a few vivid images: a mournful procession of wagons bring the wounded men to the hospital; a young soldier's wound erupts with mag gots, which run over the bed and floor. Though the novel's segments do not always connect seamlessly, the motivations of several characters are not clear, and some Briticisms and allusions are obscure, Jolley's power to convey the anguish of sensitive, lonely people creates a haunting narrative.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060160624
Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060160624